So you’ve decided to start up your own small business? Great! But that decision is the easy bit. If you intend to work from home, you’re probably going to want to set up your own home office. After all, there’s only so much space you can take up before your partner and kids kick you and all of your business papers out of the living room. It can be difficult to think of everything that you need for your home office, but luckily for you, I’ve comprised a short list of things you need and ways to keep costs down when buying them.
If you haven’t already got a computer or a laptop, I would really encourage you to purchase one, as very few small business owners can run their business effectively without one. Computers can be used to send emails, write and save important documents, and manage almost every aspect of your business, so it really is essential. You might want to consider buying a refurbished, second-hand laptop online if you don’t want to spend out lots of money.
2. Office Desk
An office desk is incredibly important for your home office. Although you may enjoy sitting on the couch with your laptop to do your emails every now and then, you won’t be able to complete all of your work this way, or you’re going to get a bad back. The cheapest place to buy new desks is definitely online, on websites that specialize in affordable office furniture. If you don’t mind second-hand furniture, then visit Facebook’s Marketplace.
3. Office Chair
For your new desk, you are going to need an office chair. Although you probably can purchase these for a little cheaper online, they’re not that much more expensive in furniture stores. Buying your office chair from a store also gives you the opportunity to try it out, and make sure that it’s comfortable enough.
The last thing you want is to be suffering from headaches all the time because you’re having to strain your eyes when you’re working. To avoid this, you will need to have plenty of lamps dotted around the room, to ensure you have adequate lighting. More often than not, you will be able to find a few spare lamps in your attic or spare rooms in your home, so be sure to have a good rummage in your house before buying any.
5. Office Supplies
You will need office supplies, such as paper, notepads, pens, highlighters, and staplers just to make notes or fill out paperwork for your business. Lot’s of business owners make the mistake of forking out lots of cash at big chain office stores for these things when they could buy them at any dollar store for a fraction of the price.
Hopefully, this makes it a little easier for you to buy things necessary for your home office (not to mention cheaper). Just be sure to always shop around, as this is the easiest way to get the best prices.